Long time ago...
When I was a teenager, at the age of 15, I fell in love with photography. My dad gave me his old Practica SLR camera and I started photographing everything that fascinated me. I looked beyond the ordinary and developed an eye for things that people wouldn't normally notice. Being able to capture this on film was so amazing and exciting that from that moment I knew I wanted to become a photographer.
That's how my creative journey started.
How did I get here?
Creativity was passed on to me by my mother. She is a very talented crafts person. I followed into her footsteps and went to fashion school. It was one of the best decisions in my life. Not only being creative but being a creator. I realized this is who I am.
After Fashion School, I knew the next step would be the art academy. Becoming a photographer/graphic designer had become the dream I had to fulfill. I both studied photography and graphic design.
I was accepted to the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, the Netherlands, where I studied both courses. The following years I engrossed myself into the world of art; I was taught the ropes by renowned experts in these fields.
Despite the ups and downs and side roads I had to take, it brought me closer to my life's purpose. A valuable lesson I learned was that everybody has their own pace in life. Don't compare yourself to other's. Be who you are!
After Art Academy, working for a few bosses, it became clear to me I flourished more as an independent. I went out on my own and started freelancing. This bumpy but successful road kept me going. I was getting closer to what I really want in life.
I worked as an independent photographer/graphic designer for 10 years. It was an amazing journey, however, there was something still missing....
I realized that I could only feel a true fulfillment when I combine my creativity with helping others who are less fortunate.
That's how Artworkz came to life.
I'm very proud to share this with you.